Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to start pool testing of corona virus samples. The move is aimed at speeding up the screening process and also bring down the cost of testing samples. State health department has also decided to carryout the audit of any death in state due to COVID-19. The death audit will help in providing better treatment to other COVID-19 patients. Our Lucknow Correspondent reports that the Pool testing of corona samples started yesterday and 150 samples were divided into 30 pools of 5 each samples.
Principal Secretary health of state Amit Mohan Prasad said that this facility is being expanded in all districts and initially 5 samples will be pooled. In the pool testing method, multiple swab samples are pooled together and tested. If the result of a collection of samples comes negative, then that means all the samples in that group are negative.
However, if the result of one collection is found positive, then each of those samples is tested individually. Principal secretary health Amit Mohan Prasad said that this will boost the daily testing capacity of state health department. Pool testing of a collection of samples is done during large outbreaks and invisible community transmission to fasten the screening process and bring down the cost. Meanwhile spread of corona virus is now in 48 districts of state and 773 patients has till now found corona positive.